MEMBERS of Slimming World groups from Runcorn and Widnes helped raise thousands of pounds for cancer research by taking part in the Pretty Muddy 5k in Warrington.

Runcorn Sports Club Slimmers joined Slimming World groups from St Ambrose in Widnes and Widnes Cricket Club for the event at Victoria Park on Sunday.

Their efforts have raised nearly £2000 for Cancer Research UK and they still need your support.

Congratulating them, Runcorn Sports Club Slimmers Joanne Boardman said: "The event went so well.

"Everybody loved every minute of it. We stuck together and worked as a team to all help each other through every stage of the event.

"Albeit covered from head to toe in mud. Such a fun, emotional and inspiring day we were all totally overwhelmed.

"A few never dreamed they would be able to take part in something like this in their 70s.

"The ladies taking part were all either living with cancer themselves, or had cancer and survived or who have a loved one affected too.

"I'm so proud of each and everyone of them."

The Runcorn Sports Club Slimmers have lost a total of 31 stone since the group opened in April last year.

Joanne Boardman continued: "Because of coming to slimming world they have lost an incredible amount of weight between them.

"They now have a new found confidence to take part in something so amazing and being Senior citizens too it just goes to show that age doesn't have to be a factor to stop you doing anything.

"It just shows you are never too old to follow your dreams.

"We just wanted to do something to help in the fight against cancer for all those who have been touched by cancer, survived it or lost loved ones or who are still fighting their fight and to help the future generation."

A member of the group added: "I was so worried about doing it but I loved it and so glad I did it.

"Everyone of us should be so proud of ourselves.

"I can't believe at almost 75 I've never done anything like this before what have I been missing!"

To donate, visit the group's giving page